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Once you know, you Newegg... in Canada

Disclaimer: I, the author, love Newegg., the beloved and formerly U.S.-only* online computer store, has a new venue exclusively for the most northerly of North Americans:

Canadian bargain site RedFlagDeals brings word that the site is even offering a special promotion for its first 4,000 customers – a coupon code for $10 off orders of $50 or more:

“And here we go -- is live! Their launch promotion is $10 off orders of $49.99 or more for their first 4000 customers (use coupon code CANGRANDOP)! Here are some of the deals we've spotted so far:

Panasonic DMC-TZ4S Silver 8.1 MP Wide Angle Digital Camera w/ 2GB SD Memory Card & Camera Case - $211.91

AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - $127.38

Creative ZEN 2.5" Black 16GB MP3 / MP4 Player - $170.00

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $169.98

“All costs including shipping, taxes, and duties will be listed at the checkout screen, so there won't be any surprises when the items arrive at your door. “

American techies have known about Newegg for quite some time, and the store maintains an extremely loyal following for very good reasons: prices are some of the lowest in the industry, and its ship times are fast.

If you’re in Canada and in the market for a new anything tech-related, you’d be foolish to not stop by.

*and China.

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In other news
By Reclaimer77 on 10/2/2008 9:02:18 AM , Rating: 2
These items below also just became available to Canadians.

1. Fleetwood Mac
2. Jean Jackets
3. High Heel shoes
4. Star Wars Episodes 4 and 5. Six coming soon !!
5. Potato Chips
6. The Compact Disk audio player.

RE: In other news
By omnicronx on 10/2/2008 10:28:31 AM , Rating: 2
Pfft.. Canadians have rocked Jean Jackets since the beginning of time itself.

P.S don't quit your day job anytime soon, because you are certainly not a comedian.

RE: In other news
By Ender42 on 10/3/2008 9:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
Jean Jackets are lame.. Everyone knows the cool kids rock Lumber Jackets.

RE: In other news
By mmntech on 10/2/2008 10:45:34 AM , Rating: 2
I rode a moose to work today and everybody I know has the same accent as Sarah Palin. I also just picked up a brand new Colecovision. Come on dude. Those jokes are so hack. I'm willing to bet $100 that this guy owns a Blackberry. doesn't seem that cheap to me. I just pulled a random product from their and NCIX. The Asus P5N-D mobo. Newegg has it for $164.49 while NCIX has it for $153.99. I wonder if the Egg charges PST on out-of-province sales, since NCIX doesn't.

RE: In other news
By DPigs on 10/2/2008 3:03:23 PM , Rating: 5
This is all of no use to me since I don't yet have electricity in my igloo.

RE: In other news
By fibreoptik on 10/7/2008 12:13:57 PM , Rating: 3
ZING! Nice one.

Especially since plenty of Americans are retarded enough to *actually believe* that we are covered in snow for 90% of the year, live in igloos, get around by dogsled and consume alarming quantities of seal meat...

RE: In other news
By Pirks on 10/2/2008 4:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if the Egg charges PST on out-of-province sales charges PST for BC, ON and QC, so it's useless for most Soviet Canadians. I wish they put it in northern territories only, mama mia, ALL CANADA COVERED AND NO PST ANYWHERE!!! Except for a few northern folks but I'm sure they'll excuse the rest of us

RE: In other news
By Hoser McMoose on 10/3/2008 10:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote: charges PST for BC, ON and QC

And HST in NB, NS and NL, so in 6 of the 9 Provinces that charge Provincial sales tax it is covered.

That being said, sales tax = MUCH better than income tax. I'd rather pay neither, but I do like some of the services provided and those cost money, so we gotta pay for them somehow. If we're going to pay tax I'd rather it be on something I can avoid (like buying stuff I might not need) rather than being taxed for working hard.

RE: In other news
By fibreoptik on 10/7/2008 12:15:21 PM , Rating: 2
You are OBVIOUSLY a redneck from Alberta or Saskatchewan.

RE: In other news
By mindless1 on 10/2/2008 5:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
It'd be a much fairer comparison to check commodity items like memory, CPU, PSU, and track them over a few days. Mobos, video cards, and some others vary a bit on a regular basis.

RE: In other news
By mmntech on 10/3/2008 9:12:11 AM , Rating: 2
Alright then. NXIC is still cheaper. Take the Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB HDD for example. A commodity product. NCIX still has the lower price. $91.99 at Newegg, $89.75 at NCIX. Direct Canada has this drive for $86.40.

Anybody ever shopped at Direct Canada. I think they're a discount subsidiary of NCIX since both warehouses are located in the same business park. I've bought a couple of hard drives off them. Great prices and good service.

Canada Computers I can't stand because they tried to rip me off once with their dead pixel policy. The girl at the cash (when I bought it) and the guy in the service department and his manager were giving two conflicting return policies. I called shenanigans on them and got LG to exchange the monitor they wouldn't. LG said the girl at the counter had been right according to their own in-house exchange policy.

RE: In other news
By Ender42 on 10/3/2008 9:27:06 AM , Rating: 2
Those prices include taxes/shipping? Local cost for me is $85.87 all in. $91.52 at Canada Computers.

Direct Canada has a warehouse in Toronto as well. Their shipping order confirmation system is different then NCIX and they're "community supported forum" is

Canada Computers was alright a few years back, but they're not the cheapest around anymore. As shown above.

RE: In other news
By mindless1 on 10/3/2008 9:59:46 PM , Rating: 2
No, I meant do what I wrote not something different. I wrote CPU for example. Let's check on an E8400.

NCIX - $193.32 OEM Special Order or $208.48 Retail - $183.49 Retail, plus addt'l 10% off with a promo code till 10/10/08

Next let's look at PSU, something popular like Antec Neopower 500W.

NCIX - $78 - $76

Now memory. 2GB PC2-6400

NCIX - cheapest is $50 before, $37 after a rebate but their avg price for PC2-6400 2GB is about $45 after a $25 rebate - Their entire first page of 20 different parts is cheaper without a rebate than after one at NCIX.

I'm not suggesting will always be cheaper, I'm only suggesting what I actually wrote which you didn't seem to understand.

Let's look at hard drives though, but 750GB size this time. - cheapest is $103, $103, $107
NCIX - $104, $133 (and these prices require a short term instant rebate)

Now 1TB Hard drive - $145, $150, $150
NCIX - $131 after $30 MIR, $166, $170

Shop wherever you want but it'll depend quite a lot on what you're buying whether you can just stick with one supplier or not.

RE: In other news
By Reclaimer77 on 10/2/2008 5:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
Come on dude. Those jokes are so hack.

Your leaving out the most important part though..

They never fail to make me laugh.

RE: In other news
By fibreoptik on 10/7/2008 12:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
Because laughing at your own jokes is just that classy isn't it?

RE: In other news
By Oregonian2 on 10/2/2008 7:52:22 PM , Rating: 5
No, their US prices usually aren't all that great either. At least not any more.

Some time ago when NewEgg was smaller and hungrier with ads less massive and flashy/glossy they had great prices, fast delivery, and a great return policy reputation. I used to buy from them for all my computer'ish needs immediately off the bat. Only places cheaper were very suspicious sorts of web places. But that didn't last. They went glitzy and their bean counters took over (or the startup was purchased or maybe went public, I don't know what drove the change).

They still deliver very quickly and have increased their coverage of product quite a bit, wouldn't be surprised if they sold washing machines and refrigerators too, if not soon. But their prices have dropped behind. They used to often have free shipping, it's much more rare now. Even Amazon's often cheaper for the things they sell in common (in my experience). Google hunting can often find lower prices from other reputable web stores at a lower price. Sometimes a LOT lower. I still buy from them once in a while, but where they used to be my choice for 100% of the time when they sell whatever it is, they're now maybe 20%. Even Fry's .com store has beaten them out once in a while (and for hard drives, boxes them much better than does NewEgg).

NewEgg is a former star, but they're now the Sears of electronics. Good service, good reputation mostly based on the far past, known by everyone, but prices not so great unless perhaps when on sale.

Sigh... I miss the old NewEgg. Long live the king, the king is dead.

RE: In other news
By onwisconsin on 10/5/2008 10:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed with most of what you said, but they still have some of the best deals, customer service and shipping as far as components goes. Never gone wrong with the Egg over here

By Ender42 on 10/2/2008 12:32:16 AM , Rating: 2
They still can't compete with my local B&M stores on prices.

For example after taxes + shipping etc.

Sapphire 4870X2 $673.29
Local $642.97

Intel Q6600 $242.19
Local $225.99

RE: Meh..
By chmilz on 10/2/2008 12:44:30 AM , Rating: 2
I'll continue to shop at my local Memory Express (Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg) for most parts. I'll use Newegg if ME doesn't have a specific part I'm looking for, or a good sale.

RE: Meh..
By Ringold on 10/2/2008 5:20:18 AM , Rating: 2
The different tax treatment in Canada must be playing a role; it's been years since it's been more cost-effective to source parts at local stores where I'm at compared to online shopping. By 'years', I mean 2001 or 2002. Given the relative scarcity of quality hardware stores in central Florida and more expensive gas, I don't even bother to price check locally any more.

RE: Meh..
By threepac3 on 10/2/2008 1:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the shipping is piratically double of what you can get in the US.

RE: Meh..
By omnicronx on 10/2/2008 10:38:31 AM , Rating: 2
Thats why for computer parts, ncix is amazing, especially if you don't live in BC. Shipping is usually pretty reasonable and you only pay the GST.

RE: Meh..
By chmilz on 10/2/2008 1:28:19 PM , Rating: 2
NCIX is grossly expensive compared to Memory Express. The day Memory Express created their online store (before they opened their first Edmonton location, that is), I thanked NCIX for their many RMA nightmares and never looked back.

RE: Meh..
By SavagePotato on 10/2/2008 5:18:30 PM , Rating: 2
NCIX has been just fine for rma's lately, they may have been more problematic in the past, but the last few rma's I have done were hassle free.

Memory express prices are fine but not to the point I would call NCIX grossly expensive, plus NCIX has blowout sales every couple weeks.

I got my 4870x2 from ncix for $520, and my 24 inch monitor which is the newest generation of samsung for over $90 off. You would be crazy to buy on anything but the sales at NCIX because they have like minimum one a month and they are killer discounts sometimes.

RE: Meh..
By SavagePotato on 10/2/2008 5:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and NCIX will also price match anyone.

RE: Meh..
By Ender42 on 10/3/2008 9:30:48 AM , Rating: 2
Not much point in using NCIX if you have to price match everything to get it as cheap as elsewhere. Why bother going through the price match policy hassle?

The real reason...
By frobizzle on 10/2/2008 8:55:54 AM , Rating: 2
NewEgg's biggest attraction is not their prices. I can find plenty of other online retailers selling at the same price or sometimes less. What gartners their customer loyalty is their customer service! They can write the book on how to bend over backwards to make their customers happy. That is the reason I have remained a loyal customer to NewEgg for many years (and nearly $10K worth of purchases!)

RE: The real reason...
By FITCamaro on 10/2/2008 2:12:16 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed. Their customer service has been phenomenal in my dealings with them. I bought a fan controller, it was a piece of junk, I posted a review of this saying so, and they refunded my money without me even asking or requesting the product be sent back.

Newegg has gotten the majority of my business for the past 8 years. I've bought a few things at tigerdirect but typically even if when building a system and half the parts are cheaper at one, and half the parts are cheaper at the other, I'll buy it all from Newegg. My only complaint is when they made FedEx shipping so damn expensive. I hate UPS. Tiger Direct and ZipZoomFly both offer FedEx at far lower prices than Newegg. ZipZoomFly is usually free. FedEx rocks cause they deliver on Saturdays without any extra charge.

RE: The real reason...
By Trikat on 10/2/2008 4:50:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yah, the main reason people go to Newegg is the customer service followed by the prices. ZZF does have lower prices sometimes, but many still shop at Newegg due to the customer service making up the price difference.
I really do not shop at Tigerdirect due to the amount of heat they got from numerous sketchy practices. ZZF has some poor customer service (Check out resellerratings or any other store review site), but I still shop there sometimes due to the lower prices. Would you rather buy memory at $20 from ZZF or $25 at Newegg? (just an example of a recent purchase)
One thing about Newegg is the price volitility... They really like to change the prices much more frequently than others and I have heard of many cases of jacking up the prices for hot items.

I also have to agree on UPS being worse than FedEx mainly due the much rougher handling of shipments. I have to say UPS handling of shipments probably contributed greatly to the amount of "DOAs", especially hard drives.
As for FedEx delivering on Saturday, that feature is associated with the FedEx Home service. FedEx Home delivers Tues-Sat (No Monday!). FedEx Ground does the normal Mon-Fri deal. Just because you are at a residential address does not mean you will receive a shipment via FedEx Home. It is up to the seller to make sure they use a FedEx Home service over a FedEx Ground service.

RE: The real reason...
By Oregonian2 on 10/2/2008 8:04:42 PM , Rating: 2
Was it a piece of junk because of the maker or because of NewEgg?

I once bought a IDE/SATA converter from NewEgg. Very simple cheapie thing. One they sent me was used. Box was open (plastic wrap that used to seal it was torn half off), item packaging was opened , cable that should have been packaged separately was attached, item itself had been used previously -- easily obvious looking at it. It was sold as new. They sometimes sell returns and the like (which is what this looked like) but I'd expect them to be labeled that and sold at a slight discount. Mine was sold as new and priced that way. Mind you it worked okay, and had I fussed they may have done something about it, but I wasn't going to go through the hassle of returning it.

It tells me something about NewEgg and their service of the customer. Not something good. I used to love that company (see my other long posting in this thread), but they're quite tarnished in my eyes now. And personally I'm quite sad about it.

RE: The real reason...
By Joz on 10/3/2008 1:47:39 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry to burst your buble, but newegg doesnt actualy run its own shipping centers, those are run by UPS. so most mistakes like that are the shipping companies fault, when you receive the wrong item.

RE: The real reason...
By Oregonian2 on 10/6/2008 2:20:46 PM , Rating: 3
UPS inventories the computer related parts, fulfills the order and ships them? What's NewEgg, just the order taker? Even if that is true (which I know it's not or at least wasn't) it doesn't matter. I ordered from NewEgg, THEY are responsible for what I receive. UPS is responsible for transport -- the outer shipping package received was not damaged in any way, it was delivered intact -- the contents were "previously used". NewEgg is responsible for the contents.

P.S. - Is UPS also in the auto-parts business, cosmetics, etc?

P.P.S. - I've seen a slide show that showed the internal workings of a NewEgg warehouse and it's automated operations, one of it's generation three warehouses (which even at the time was one-old, this one was a huge one in Southern California). They had made the "tour" public for a short period of time celebrating something or other. But maybe you're right and they sold it all and that's why their prices are so much higher now -- they're now just another marketing shell on top of those who do the work and provide the service. That makes them even deader and more pathetic than I thought. And I'm a former NewEgg prolific supporter (both in my purchases and my public praise of them). I'm one of the earlybirds in their forums when they were in beta.

RE: The real reason...
By HeelyJoe on 10/6/2008 4:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
RE: The real reason...
By Oregonian2 on 10/8/2008 3:36:05 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks! That NJ warehouse is the "next generation" one that I mentioned above as being newer than the one that had been in the photo tour I saw a couple years ago. That article also was obviously written by the same person who did that previous tour that I saw.

Although there are UPS employees "running" the exit doors where the UPS trucks pick up the boxes, they don't quite run or own the warehouse.

Any decent online stores outside of BC?
By Pirks on 10/2/2008 4:16:38 PM , Rating: 2
Given that NCIX and both charge freakin 7% PST for BC residents what are my options here? MemoryExpress only? Anything else worth considering? I wish there were some online FAQ for Soviet Canadian online buyers, w.r.t. which stores ship to where without PST and such

RE: Any decent online stores outside of BC?
By EglsFly on 10/2/2008 6:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
I am an American. I have used for years. Their prices are very competitive here and better than B&M stores where I am.

Someone explain what the acronym PST is? And why are prices not competitive vs (us). Is this a Canadian tax or shipping issue thing?

By Pirks on 10/2/2008 6:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
PST is provincial sales tax similar to your state sales tax. We also pay GST (federal sales tax) on top of that, it comes to 13% total in Ontario. Not too bad for Soviet Commie Canada, huh?

I have no idea why Soviet Canadian prices are so much higher than US prices, especially on cars. Must be crazy double taxes/duties/etc our lovely commie government loves to bloodsuck.

I heard that Europe is MUCH worse tough. If that only could help...

By haelduksf on 10/3/2008 10:18:25 AM , Rating: 2
Newegg charges PST in every province; they're shipping from the US, so it gets added at the border. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you got nailed with a UPS customs brokerage fee too.

If you're outside BC, NCIX charges no PST, and if you buy only from their "weekly sale" list, is quite competitive. Since Memory Express only has stores in Alberta, I would think that they don't charge PST anywhere (since AB has none IIRC), though I've never price-shopped there.

By omnicronx on 10/2/2008 8:18:57 AM , Rating: 2
Nice too see!! This will only drop prices of other online retailers.

By arazok on 10/2/2008 8:55:15 AM , Rating: 2
Yep. We could use a good dose of competition in the Canadian market place. It’s pathetic how much more we pay compared to Americans.

Walmart just launched a grocery super center in my neighborhood. The prices average 20-30% less then every other supermarket I have ever shopped at. Loblaw’s is cutting prices in response. I had no idea how badly I’ve been getting ripped off all these years. I’m saving over $150 a month.

When is coming to Canada (non-books)?!

By Hieyeck on 10/3/2008 12:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
Newegg's biggest lure isn't their price, but their streamlined return/exchange policy. Too bad for the oddest reason we ship it all back to the California. Forget that, I'll just drive 10 minutes to the dozen Chinese stores around me with better prices (the ONE joy of living in Markham). While return/exchange tends to be a little more convuluted, at least they have to deal with faulty parts face-to-face, which makes it harder for them to say 'No'.

RE: Pity
By Ender42 on 10/4/2008 12:38:24 AM , Rating: 2
Gah! The only thing that makes NCIX/Direct Canada even slightly more appealing then the cheaper prices locally... Is having to drive around Markham.

I've been waiting for this!
By spread on 10/4/2008 4:34:25 PM , Rating: 2
Hooray for competition!

International shipping
By pwnsweet on 10/2/2008 6:53:42 AM , Rating: 1
WTB Newegg international shipping plox

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